Dune: Part 2 – A Review

Dune: Part 2 is the cinematic experience you never knew you needed – unless you were yearning for two and a half hours of desert landscapes and Timothee Chalamet struggling to emote.

Let’s start with the positive, because I’m feeling generous. The cinematography in this film is so breathtaking that you might mistake it for a National Geographic special on sand dunes. The vast landscapes and sweeping shots will make you forget you’re actually paying to watch an intergalactic soap opera featuring moody teenagers with superpowers.

Now, onto the acting. Timothee Chalamet and Austin Butler’s performances can only be described as a masterclass in how to be utterly forgettable. Chalamet, bless his brooding heart, spends most of the movie looking like he’s constipated, and Butler, well, let’s just say he’s no Sting. I mean, comparing Butler to the original Dune movie is like comparing a sandworm to a sand flea. Sting’s portrayal had more charisma in his little finger than Butler managed to summon throughout the entire film. In Sting I could see a psychopath (is that a compliment?), in Butler I saw a stroppy Love Island contestant. I’m not even going to talk about Dave Bautista! How does he get acting work?

But fear not, because Rebecca Ferguson and Javier Bardem are here to save the day. Ferguson delivers a performance so compelling that you’ll almost forgive the film for dragging on longer than a spice trade negotiation. Bardem, with his gravelly voice and intense gaze, makes you wish the entire movie was just about his character – forget the sand and politics, let’s focus on the guy who looks like he’s seen some real action in the desert. A Stilgar spin-off would be amazing!

And then there’s Zendaya. Oh, Zendaya, the internet’s darling. She’s okay in this film, I guess. But I’ve seen better performances from her. Maybe she was just too busy being iconic in real life to bring her A-game to the desert drama. Or maybe she thought “Why should I bother when Chalamet is my co-star?!”

Now, let’s talk about the pacing. The movie seems to have taken inspiration from the slow and steady crawl of a sandworm. It’s as if the filmmakers wanted to explore every nook and cranny of the Dune universe, including the bits that were about as interesting as watching spice dry. They delve into deep philosophical moments that make you question the meaning of life, but somehow manage to leave out the exciting bits that would have kept you awake.

Shall we talk about the continuity errors? No, I won’t spoil it too much for you but expect some that make you want to shout “Oh what!?”  I think I actually laughed out loud at one point and woke up the sleeping viewer a few seats away.

In conclusion, “Dune: Part 2” is like a sandstorm – visually impressive but leaves you feeling like you’ve been stuck in the desert for way too long. If you’re into brooding teenagers, stunning scenery, and a plot that meanders more than a lost Fremen, this movie might be your spice, but for the rest of us, it’s just a two-hour-plus nap in the sand.

I give this 5 out of 10. And I’m being generous!

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